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Community Agriculture Alliance: Yampatika – Celebrating 25 years in the Yampa Valley
Yampatika has been celebrating its 25th anniversary year since April. In September, the celebration reaches its peak with our 25th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser on September 25 at the Chief Theater. This event will include a look at our past, what we are currently doing […]
Published: September 15, 2017

Steamboat Art Museum to host 50 plein air artists
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In order to see accurate color, David Harms, Plein Air Painters of America artist, learned he had to paint outdoors. “Not only are you trying to capture something in a limited amount of time," Harms said, "but you're also trying to capture […]
Published: September 21, 2017

Community Agriculture Alliance: Reduce, recycle and dispose of household hazardous waste properly
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council's annual Community Recycling Drop-off is fast approaching Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Meadows Parking Lot from 9 a.m. to noon. This event provides a one-stop-drop for hard-to-recycle materials and household hazardous waste. It is also a good time to remind everyone […]
Published: September 22, 2017

Community Agriculture Alliance: Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Round Table seeking board members
Living at the headwaters of the Yampa River and many of its tributaries makes it easy for us to take water for granted. We turn on the faucets and water flows out. We open our headgates, and water rushes through. We put our boats in […]
Published: September 29, 2017

Northwest Colorado Food Coalition: What the local food coalition has been cooking up this summer and fall
When I was asked to join this behind-the-scenes mastermind group — the Northwest Colorado Food Coalition, or NWCFC — I was honored to join the ranks of some of this area's action-oriented doers. Every quarter when the group gathers to update and collaborate, I am […]
Published: October 2, 2017

Community Ag Alliance: Submit agriculture photos to contest to win $150
Northwest Colorado has several iconic natural landscapes ranging from Fish Creek Falls to Gilpin Lake, down to the Flat Tops and up over Rabbit Ears. However, if you ask both longtime locals and transient newcomers, the most quintessential Steamboat Springs image is the 1972 shot […]
Published: October 5, 2017

Talking Green: Top 10 tips for greening your holidays
T’is the season to decorate, give gifts and travel – a wonderful time to be with family and friends but also a time that increases waste, energy and your carbon footprint. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council has compiled a list of 10 helpful tips to make […]
Published: November 3, 2017

Community Agriculture Alliance: Soroco FFA members experience leadership at national level
The Soroco FFA Chapter recently spent a week in Indianapolis with 67,000 other FFA members and advisors participating in the National FFA Convention and Expo. Taylore Schalnus and Warren Hayes each received the highest degree in the FFA, the American FFA Degree. They joined an […]
Published: November 10, 2017

CSU Extension Office: Conversation … it’s what’s for dinner
"Let me get this straight, were going to be eating with fifty people we don't know for four hours?" My husband was trying to wrap his head around the details of the evening I'd planned for us. As a skeptical diner with a food-is-fuel philosophy, […]
Published: November 12, 2017

2018 Winter Carnival button art submissions deadline is Thursday
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is now taking submissions for the 2018 Winter Carnival button artwork from all local artists under the age of 18. This year's theme is "Lighting the Flame" in honor of Steamboat's Winter Olympians and the upcoming Olympics. Any art […]
Published: November 22, 2017

Community Ag Alliance: Giving thanks is also about responsibility
The opportunity to be outdoors is one of the things that makes the Yampa Valley a special place to live. Every day, as I drive from Hayden to the office, I give thanks for the opportunity to work and live in such a beautiful place […]
Published: November 24, 2017

Community Ag Alliance: Honoring the agricultural roots of Ski Town USA
When I click into my skis, draw a deep breath, and take in the expansive view of the Yampa Valley, I can't help but consider how the history of this place is so strongly defined by agriculture. While tourism is Steamboat Springs' primary economic driver […]
Published: December 1, 2017

Northwest Colorado Health Food Coalition: The Economics of eggs or cheaper by the dozen?
How much does a dozen eggs really cost? Or a pound of ground beef or jar of honey?  There are countless options with a variety of price points at the grocery store and online.  There are many factors that influence the price, but let's consider […]
Published: December 3, 2017

Community Ag Alliance: New tax bill and small business and agriculture
When I first started writing this article, the House of Representatives had just approved a new 500-page tax bill.  I had planned to focus on planned changes to the estate tax, and the implications this might have for agricultural operations.  The Senate had not yet […]
Published: December 8, 2017

Community Ag Alliance: With water, nothing is simple
Nothing in water is simple — it's local and regional. It's legal, political, and cultural. We use it for nearly everything. So when we have conversations about moving water from its original use to a new use, we certainly hit all those complex notes. The […]
Published: December 15, 2017

Community Ag Alliance: Preserving local heritage, putting food on the table
Food plays an important role during the holidays. Whether you enjoyed a banquet with family, a party with friends or are part of our community dinners, I hope you took a moment to reflect on where the meal started. The American rancher and farmer are […]
Published: January 5, 2018

Community Agriculture Alliance: The President’s agricultural policy
On Wednesday, this newspaper published an article titled "Trump takes victory lap on taxes with rural US".  The actual article referenced Trump's speech to the American Farm Bureau's annual convention, even though the headline was about taxes and not farming interests. So, I thought that […]
Published: January 11, 2018

Open enrollment period for health insurance ends Friday
There is still time to get health insurance. The deadline to enroll in or renew a health insurance plan in Colorado is Friday, Jan. 12. Individuals and families may qualify for financial assistance to help pay for premiums. Free, in person assistance is available. Call […]
Published: January 11, 2018

Community Ag Alliance: Ferry Carpenter was pioneer in Routt County’s modern range improvement process
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In June of 1934, Hayden area attorney, homesteader and cattleman Farrington Carpenter became instrumental in the process that changed livestock grazing in the West from a frontier free-for-all to a system of managed grazing on public lands. Operating under the process defined […]
Published: January 25, 2018

Community Agriculture Alliance: Looking for rural living? Know your water source
Are you considering the purchase of a home or vacant land in a rural county area? Know what your water source will be first. Your local Division of Water Resources staff is here to help. If you are purchasing a vacant lot, typically the water […]
Published: February 8, 2018